CloudAV – A new approach to Anti virus Softwares

In spite of the fact that several anti-virus softwares are available in market, and all of them keep updating there database for new viruses, but still the reliability of a anti-virus is quite questionable.

Researchers are working on a new kind of software, known as CloudAV to fight out the viruses, and claim that with this we can say ‘Good bye’ to traditional old anti-virus software.

“CloudAV virtualizes and parallelizes detection functionality with multiple anti-virus engines, significantly increasing overall protection,” said Professor Farnam Jahanian, from the software development team.

CloudAV is a production quality in-cloud anti virus system, which includes a lightweight, cross platform host agent (Win32, Linux, FreeBSD, Sendmail/Postfix milter, Nokia Maemo) and a network service with ten antivirus engines (Avast, AVG, BitDefender, ClamAV, F-Prot, F-Secure, Kaspersky, McAfee, Symantec, and Trend Micro) and two behavioral detection engines (Norman Sandbox, CWSandbox).

This whole idea is pretty similar to using ThreatFire along with any other anti-virus software, as ThreatFire, keeps the system safe by doing the behavioral analysis of programs making you safe against Zero day threats, whereas another anti-virus will provide the database for already known viruses.

I think CloudAV will be highly effective to fight against all kind of threats including the Zero day threats, but due to the behavioral analysis, CloudAV might be heavy on resources.

So lets wait for the release of CloudAV, What do you think how successful is it going to be?? Any idea?


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